'A lot of profanity': Golfer threatens to 'drop' rival at practice range

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From left to right are American golfers Grayson Murray and Kevin Na.
Grayson Murray and Kevin Na's social media feud took an ugly turn at the practice range in Mexico. Pic: Getty

A social media feud between two American golfers has taken an ugly new turn on the practice range ahead of the Mexico Open.

Tensions started simmering between Grayson Murray and Kevin Na during January's Sony Open in Hawaii when the latter started doing his signature trait of walking in putts.

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SiriusXM's Chantel McCabe tweeted, "Kevin Na walking in putts does not get old", to which Murray responded by tweeting: "Kevin Na taking 3 minutes to putt them does get old.”

Murray's snide comment about his rival saw Na hit back by writing: "u missing the cut is getting old!" in response to his rival's tweet.

It seemed like that was the end of the feud until the pair crossed paths on the range at the Vidanta course, where the Mexico Open is being held.

"I was hitting balls on the range and just kind of had my head down walking to the chipping green," Murray said.

"Sure enough, I hear someone yelling and cussing at me."

It turns out that someone was Na.

"I won't repeat every word [Na] said, but basically, there was a lot of profanity involved, and calling me a not-so-nice word about how I should have said it to his face in person," Murray added.

The argument apparently escalated as many rival players watched on in shock and the two combatants almost came to blows.

"I guarantee every one of them could hear what he said, and the caddies,” Murray said.

"I went right up to his face and held my ground, and I told him, if I wasn't going to get suspended right now I'd drop his a** right there on the range. Because what he said was very immature and I know he wouldn't have said it to me if we were just seeing each other outside of the golf course.

"I think it was a very immature thing to say four months later, and to do it on the range, which he knows is his safe spot, he knows that I'm not going to do anything to him, he knows he's just provoking me.

"I'm living rent-free in his head right now.

"I told him, if he goes and plays in the Saudi League, no one's going to miss him on this tour."

Ugly feud overshadows Mexico Open

The ugly incident adds an intriguing side story to a tournament where World No.2 Jon Rahm is the heavy favourite to take out the title.

A record 10 Mexican golfers will tee off in the new tour event, with reigning US Open champion Rahm making his first start since the Masters, where he was tied for 27th.

While the tournament dates to 1944, this year's event at par-71 Vidanta Vallarta resort marks a step up to the elite level after years on developmental tours.

Rahm was runner-up at January's Tournament of Champions and shared third at Torrey Pines, where he won his first major title last June.

Seen here, Spain's Jon Rahm gesturing from the fourth hole during a practice round ahead of the 2022 Mexico Open.
Spain's Jon Rahm gestures from the fourth hole during a practice round ahead of the 2022 Mexico Open. Pic: Getty

"It was a good start to the year," Rahm said. "It hasn't been my best, but I've been practicing hard, feeling confident. I keep putting in the work so very positive about the future. I'm happy with where my game's at right now."

He's also pleased at being back in Mexico, which hosts a new event after last November's Mayakoba Classic, which was won by Norway's Viktor Hovland.

"The Mexican hospitality is hard to match and I think that's one of the things that just keeps me coming back," Rahm said. "You get treated so well. It's a very enjoyable experience."

Rahm worked on short game and putting touches but made no secret of his strategy.

"There's nothing special. Plan A is hit driver everywhere. If it doesn't fit, we'll figure it out," he said. "Preparation, I think a lot of times, is getting the touch around the greens a little bit better."

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